Jason Allen Diekman, 20, who used the Internet names "Dark Lord" and "Shadow Knight," was arrested without incident at his Orange County home in an alleged scheme to use stolen credit card numbers to make three wire transfers of cash through Western Union.
"In all three cases, a person telephoned Western Union and requested that money be transferred to Jason Diekman of Orange County, California," the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles said in a release.
Prosecutors said that only one of the three transfers was mistakenly authorized by a credit card company and was halted by Western Union before it was completed; the amounts of the wire transfers requested were not known.
At the time of his arrest, Diekman was free on $100,000 bond while awaiting sentencing May 14 on charges he broke into NASA computers and used stolen credit card numbers to buy electronics equipment.
Diekman had hacked into at least three NASA computers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and at Stanford University. He had gained access to security systems and to satellite control software at NASA. Although there was no evidence that any sensitive information was stolen, the escapade caused $17,000 in damages to the computers.
He pleaded guilty in November to felony charges of damaging a government computer and unauthorized use of a credit card, plus a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized entry into a government computer.
He faces a maximum of 16 years in prison on the previous charges.
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